Yesterday I set up and painted this still life, not including the bird of course. It would have been nice if a bird, any bird would have landed there and sit patiently while I painted it. I had actually spent a good part of the weekend forcing myself to sit outside in the sun with my camera ready for any bird to come along and pose for me, (while my husband occasionally brought me sustenance). It was an arduous task, but I endured! I managed to get a few good shots, and ended the weekend somehow feeling very relaxed and rested.